Stop tb partnership calls for increased funding and focus on saving the lives of millions of people with tb: a grave concern derived from the global tb report 2021

Dar es salaam,  17/01/2022

It is one year until the UNHLM meeting in 2022. A Global Tuberculosis Report of 2021 showed a shocking picture though. The most obvious impact is a large global drop in the number of people newly diagnosed with TB and reported, falling down from 7.1 million in 2019 to 5.8 million in 2020, an 18% decline back to the level of 2012 and far short of the approximately 10 million people who developed TB in 2020. Provisional data up to June 2021 show ongoing shortfalls. Best estimates for 2020 are 1.5 million TB deaths among HIV-negative people (up from 1.2 million in 2019) and an additional 214 000 among HIV-positive people (up from 209 000 in 2019), with the combined total back to the level of 2017. Also, a fall in global spending on TB diagnostic, treatment and prevention services (from US$ 5.8 billion to US$ 5.3 billion, less than half of what is needed)  Read more!